Białystok-Krywlany Airport

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Białystok-Krywlany Airport
Krywlany Białystok Lotnicze Pogotowie ratunkowe.jpg
Podlaskie headquarters of the Air Rescue Service at the airfield
Summary
Airport type Public
Operator Aeroklub Polski (Aeroklub Bialystok)
Serves Białystok
Location Białystok, Poland
Elevation AMSL  ft / 153 m
Coordinates 53°06′8.1678″N 23°10′13.7388″E / 53.102268833°N 23.170483000°E / 53.102268833; 23.170483000Coordinates: 53°06′8.1678″N 23°10′13.7388″E / 53.102268833°N 23.170483000°E / 53.102268833; 23.170483000
Map
QYY is located in Poland
QYY
QYY
Location of airport in Poland
Runways
Direction Length Surface
ft m
8/26 950 grass
1/19 880 grass
14/32L (CLOSED) 830 concrete
14/32R (CLOSED) 830 concrete

Białystok-Krywlany Airport (ICAO: EPBK) is an airport in Białystok, Poland.

Białystok-Krywlany Airport history[edit]

The selection of the area for a new airport occurred on February 19, 1930, on the premises of the Provincial Committee L0PP on Warsaw Street. A representative of the Department of Aerospace, Engineer Hennenberg, presented four alternatives for the location of the airport, indicating the area situated between the property Dojlidy and forest west of the farm Krywlany. After three years of negotiations, a decision was made. In 1935, the first hangar facilities and buildings were built. Miroslaw Mikiciuk and Jan Tadeusz Puśko (Opposite the storms and clouds), served as a backup landing base for the fifth Aviation Regiment in Lida. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, lighting was installed for night flights and construction started on a concrete runway. During World War II, the airport benefited from its use by the German Air Force.

Post-war activity 1945-onwards[edit]

Shortly after the war, the Bialystok Branch of the LOT Polish Airlines was created. On 30 April 1945, airlines began flying routes every week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays using Douglas DC-3 aircraft. The flight from Bialystok to Warsaw lasted 50 minutes and tickets cost $400. This service was quickly discontinued. Since that time the airport has not seen regular service, with only gliders utilizing the airport. During the mid-'80s border guards stationed helicopters and light aircraft at the airport, in addition to a helicopter ambulance.

Passenger airport extension[edit]

Currently, Białystok is the largest EU city without an operating passenger airport. New plans have been announced to extend and modernize the airport, including the addition of a new runway to offer a passenger airline service. This led to a referendum in 2017.

Passenger airport referendum[edit]

A referendum was held January 15th, 2017, with 98% of the voters showing support for a new regional airport. Turnout was just 12.96%, not enough for the results to be considered binding. The majority of voters were inhabitants of Białystok.[1]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
None None
Airport City IATA ICAO Purpose El.(m) Direct. Surface Runway (m) Coordinates
Białystok-Krywlany

(only grass used)

Białystok QYY EPBK Sport, Border guard, EMT 153 14/32 Concrete 08/26 950 x 200, 01/19 880 x 200, 14R/32L 830 x 100, 14L/32R 830 x 40 - all grass

(1420 x 50 concrete not used)

53°06′05″N 23°10′14″E / 53.10139°N 23.17056°E / 53.10139; 23.17056 (Białystok-Krywlany)
Białystok-Krywlany

(has also unusable paved rwy)

Białystok QYY EPBK Sport 153 08/26 Grass 950 x 200 53°06′14″N 23°10′41″E / 53.10389°N 23.17806°E / 53.10389; 23.17806 (Białystok-Krywlany)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wynik referendum Oficial NIE nieważny. Frekwencja nie przekroczyła 13%". BiałystokOnline.pl (in Polish). Retrieved 13 May 2017.